Testimonies from French Friends

Posted by on Jul 3, 2020 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Testimonies from French Friends

Testimonies from French — Friends July 2019 We are grateful to Colleen Green for these notes at two gatherings during Normandy Allies’ July 2019 program: our dinner with Philippe Josse and members of the Omaha Beach/Bedford VA Association on July 23, 2019 and our luncheon with Mayor Mireille Dufour and town leaders in Trévières on July 24, 2019. Colleen has faithfully recorded what we heard at those events. Odile Josse translated at the dinner, and Geert Van den...

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White Stone, Red Rocks at Colleville-sur-Mer by Michael Joseph Gerber

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in D-Day Poetry

Several of the 9,386 graves at Normandy American Cemetery. White Stone, Red Rocks at Colleville-sur-Mer Thousands of chiseled white crosses sit atop the plateau. Below is the expanse of sand, scrub and stones that are the beaches of Normandy. Blood on the rocks, Blood in the sand, Blood in the trees. The sea has bathed the beach, The rain has washed the trees. But the rocks are stained deep red, still, after fifty years. The tears of those left behind bleach white the...

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75th Anniversary Of the Landings and Liberation

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

75th Anniversary Of the Landings and Liberation

Normandy Allies July 14-27, 2019: 75th Anniversary of the Landings and Liberation “For all of the spectacular battlefields, memorials, and exhibits we’ve seen, the most impactful thing here in Normandy has been the people. Everyone from the clerks at the Hotel Churchill to the guides on our day trips and the survivors from the Landings have led me to believe that the Norman French are some of the proudest, kindest, and wisest people on Earth.” George Lanham...

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Transforming Normandy Allies Experience into Veteran Support

Posted by on Feb 16, 2020 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Transforming Normandy Allies Experience into Veteran Support

What better way to keep the memory of the Normandy Campaign alive than by supporting today’s veterans? Derek Matina, who participated in Normandy Allies 2013 program, developed a not-for-profit organization providing scholarships for contemporary veterans returning to studies after serving our nation. Derek describes the origins of Sustainability for Scholarships: When I was a Junior at Pittsford Mendon High School an opportunity was presented to our AP American History...

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Student Brings Normandy Lessons Home!

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Student Brings Normandy Lessons Home!

Within days of his return from Normandy, 2019 student participant Nate Gebregziabher presented his experience to fellow students at summer camp in North Carolina. Nate brought his lessons home and immediately began to keep the memory alive! My Visit to France The Culture The major difference in culture in France off first glance were 3 things. Architecture Foods and etiquette Impact of religion People I Met I met lots of people I would have never thought I would meet so...

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